Petronas the pick of engineering students

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  • Monday, 13 Apr 2015

Do happy employees translate to better company performance?

Survey reveals local companies dominate the list of ideal employers, with Petronas the No 1 choice for engineering students in 2015.

Malaysian engineering students in 2015 still consider Petroliam Nasional Bhd as the ideal employer, a survey has revealed.It was the second year running that Petronas has been selected by engineering students as their number one employer of choice, while Bank Negara Malaysia claimed the hearts of those from the business fraternity, leapfrogging Petronas which was the 2014 favourite among business students, into the top spot.

These were among the key findings in the Malaysia Top 100 IDEAL Employers student survey by Universum, an employer branding company which rates

the most coveted employers solely on the responses collected. The annual survey is also aimed at tracking the career aspirations and preferences of the future talent pool.

Asked about their most important career goal upon graduation, almost two-third (63.2%) of all students surveyed considered “work/life balance” as one of their top priorities.

Ranking second in importance to Malaysian talent is “to be secure or stable in my job”, with 48.5% valuing this among their top career goals.

With these two most coveted career goals among Malaysian talent not having chanced since 2014, and with them being the top two regardless of the main fields of study, it sends a very clear message to employers who want to attract the very best Malaysian talent. Where the data did see some interesting movement in 2015 was the emergence of the trend “to be a technical or functional expert”, which rose from sixth to third most important career goal for engineering students.

This is a highly positive attitude shift in a market that is calling out for more technically skilled talent to fill hard to filled positions.

Conversely, there was a similar decline in the “dedication to a cause or greater good” category, which dropped from third to sixth for engineering students and from fourth to sixth for business students.

Meanwhile, in response to Petronas being top choice, senior vice president (Group HRM) Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman said: “We are pleased to acknowledge that we were ranked No 1. Petronas has always believed in building ‘Right Talent’, which is one of our three  Global Talent Strategy thrusts besides building ‘Right Leaders’ and creating ‘Right Environment’ to support aggressive business growth.

He said Petronas has a number of educational and learning initiatives that it was implementing to strengthen the educational foundations and capability development of its talent. 

“This nurturing environment, coupled with our robust business expansion, provides an increasing number of exciting opportunities to prospective talents; as well as our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen via sustainable corporate responsibility initiatives in communities we operate in. These are part of our value propositions that are anchored on trust, grow and rewards for the talent to be associated with the organisations,” he added.

Shell was the No 2 favourite among engineering students, while Sime Darby Bhd ranked third.

Sime Darby executive vice president (group human resource) Zulkifli Zainal Abidin said the company’s No 3 ranking was an affirmation that it was on the right track in terms of the effort to position Sime Darby as an employer of choice.

“We have been focusing our efforts to foster strong individual and organisation performance, talent and leadership development, effectively identifying, attracting and retaining talent for the group. This is in line with Sime Darby’s vision to be a leading multinational corporation delivering sustainable value to all stakeholders.

Other key findings from the Malaysia Top 100 IDEAL Employers 2015 student survey include: Domestic organisations, especially banks, continue to be highly favoured.

Among both business and engineering students in Malaysia, the most ideal employer rankings are dominated by domestic companies, who – the survey suggests – are far more attractive than their international peers.

Among business students, the Top 10 list of most ideal employers only contains one non-Malaysian employer – with Google making its way to the fifth position. Among engineering students six out of the Top 10 are domestic organisations.

It is interesting to compare this trend with a place like neighbouring Singapore, where there are only two and three domestic organisations in the Top 10 idea employers among business and engineering students respectively.

Once again, the survey has drawn attention to the fact that Malaysian talent of all disciplines is highly attracted to working in the public sector. Among business students in Malaysia, there are four government agencies in the Top 15 ranked employers and, of those four, all climbed the rankings based on their positions in 2014.

The full lists of the Top 10 employers by engineering and business students are as follows:

Top 10 ideal employers engineeering students: Petronas, Shell, Sime Darby, SapuraKencana Petroleum, Schlumberger, TNB, MAS, Gamuda, Google, BMW.

Top 10 ideal employers for business students: Bank Negara, Petronas, Lembaga Tabung Haji, Sime Darby, Google, Maybank, AirAsia, MAS, Bursa Malaysia and Khazanah Nasional.

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